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Wearable technology such as Apple Watches and Fit Bit are used to track heart rhythms and monitor sleep quality. Ironically, the wireless radiation emitted by these wearable devices has the potential to alter both a users heart rate as well as their sleep patterns.
What the Experts Are Saying...
President of the EMF Watchdog Group The Environmental Health Trust, Dr. Devra Davis reminds us that wearable wireless technology emits microwave radiation and has never been tested for actually safety. Like all wireless technology that has hit the retail market since the introduction of the consumer cell phone, wearable wireless technology was cleared for sale without any pre-market testing.
Researcher Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D. from the UC Berkeley Prevention Research Center School of Public Health has expressed his concerns regarding the safety of wearable wireless tech. He cautions that both WiFi and Bluetooth might have the ability to open up the blood-brain barrier.
To date, there have been studies showing that exposure to wireless radiation does create permeability in the blood-brain barrier. The blood-brain barrier is a thin membrane that is designed to protect the brain from toxins. Anything that causes the blood-brain barrier to 'leak' makes the brain and hence the entire nervous system vulnerable to heavy metals, chemicals and even microbes that are present in the bloodstream.
While some argue that the level of radiation emitted by wearable tech is too low to cause problems, there is scientific evidence that even low levels of radiation have the ability to open the blood-brain barrier.
Dr. Hugh Taylor. Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecoloy and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine, believes that wearable tech is a risk factor. Even though wearable tech emits lower levels of radiation then the average cell phone,Dr. Taylor points out that the wearer of the tech is being exposed to continual low levels of radiation. Radiation, we know, is cumulative. So, even a small amount of daily exposure can lead to health issues, as radiation accumulates in the body.
Another health risk Dr. Taylor points out is the close proximity of the tech to the body. Because these technologies are designed to be worn, they are in constant contact with the body. With radiation, distance is key. The further away from the radiation source one is, the less the intensity of the radiation will be. With wearable technology, one is in constant contact with the source of radiation.
Lastly, Dr. Hugh cautions pregnant women against wearable tech, as he refers to studies showing a relationship between in utero radiation exposure and Attention Deficit Disorder.
Safer Wearable Tech
If one is to wear wireless tech, it is recommended to look for tech that includes an option to either completely turn off WiFi and Bluetooth or to at least switch it to Airplane Mode. Not all wearable tech has these options, but there seems to be a growing consumer demand for companies to begin to add them in lieu of a growing concern regarding wireless radiation and its proven links to cancer by the recent $30 million US National Toxicology Program Study.
Wearable Wireless Watches
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